We are so excited you have decided to start your adult gymnastics club.
Here at the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC for short), our mission is to expand opportunities for participation in the sport of gymnastics and to promote interaction among collegiate gymnastics clubs by providing structure for competition on local, regional, and national levels’ facilitating communication; and building a community of support and camaraderie that encourages sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and fun. NAIGC offers a place where collegiate and adult athletes of all skill levels can come together to compete in an environment based on the love for the sport.
In order to help you get your club’s feet off the ground and onto the competition floor, our Growth and Outreach committee has compiled a host of easy-to-use resources designed to help guide you through every step of the way. Our New Club Starter Kit contains:
We highly recommend that you explore the resources and information in the tabs on this page. We are happy you found the NAIGC and encourage you to reach out to us at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need assistance with getting your club started.
After your first year:
Starting a gymnastics club can be daunting, and figuring out how to financially sustain your club’s operations is no exception. In this section of the New Club Starter Kit, we describe different ways that NAIGC member clubs can generate funds to help them offer gymnastics opportunities in their community. In this section, you’ll find information about:
Building a budget from scratch can be a challenging endeavor, so start by downloading our Budget Building Tool. A lot of items may be guesses to start, but it’s good practice to build a budget each year and keep track of how well you stick to that budget.
Some colleges offer funding for student athletic groups and clubs through their student activities department. Student groups can sometimes submit grant requests to receive funding from these departments, which may require an application or presentation component. Each school runs a little bit differently, so it is important that you reach out to your student activities department or any other department at your school that handles the funding of student groups to identify your club’s eligibility for school funding. Important things to keep in mind include how much money your club may be eligible for; the timeline for submitting applications and receiving funds; and whether there are any special protocols that accompany receiving funding from your school, such as documentation procedures or limitations on what you can use funds for. Also make sure to ask if there are other student group grants that you can apply for.
Please note that not all schools will provide funding for club sports. Please check with your respective department to see if your club will qualify for funding. If not, determine other ways to fund the club such as fundraising, club dues (members will pay a set amount per year to be part of the club) and possibly sponsorships if your school allows this.
Fundraising may seem like a no-brainer, but finding lucrative opportunities that are worth your time and effort can be challenging! We’re here to break down the ways that NAIGC clubs use their gymnastics to bring in the big bucks. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
Research opportunities specific to your region or school. There are tons of great funding guides generated by all sorts of different clubs or student organizations (not necessarily gymnastics clubs), such as this one linked here. Take some time to dig into these ideas and see how they apply to your own club!
If these fundraising events don’t fit the needs of your organization, have no fear! There are tons of different creative ways to raise money for your organization. You can click here or search Google for other ideas. It’s also a good idea to talk with other student groups or athletic clubs at your school to understand what other opportunities are available at your school.
How your club delegates fundraising responsibilities is completely up to you. NAIGC clubs have employed a variety of methods to tailor their financial needs to their membership. For example, some clubs:
You can learn more about our regular season competitions on our Upcoming Meets page. Meets that are sanctioned by the NAIGC ensure equipment standards are met, certified judges are used, and provide NAIGC awards. Generally, each region hosts a regional competition around February or March of each year. Regionals can be attended by any NAIGC members and are not required to participate in Nationals. We recommend reaching out to your regional leaders to learn more about competitions in your area.
NAIGC Nationals is the only gymnastics competition hosted by the NAIGC, and one of the few adult-specific national gymnastics competitions in the world. Each year, the meet is hosted in a different region of the United States, and over 1,600 gymnasts from nearly 150 different teams across the United States (and Belgium!) attend the competition. Nationals is a 3-day competition held in early April, with preliminary qualifications held over two days and a final competition held on Saturday. After the final competition, the NAIGC hosts an awards banquet, where the top gymnasts and teams in each division and level are awarded with the coveted National Champion title. After the awards banquet, the NAIGC hosts a large social gathering with music and dancing for all attending teams. To get a feel for the competition, check out this video from a recent Nationals competition. Any Nationals-specific questions can be directed to email@example.com.
The NAIGC has developed many different resources to help answer your questions and keep you up-to-date on the latest information, rules, and happenings in the NAIGC. In this section of the New Club Starter Kit, we’ll describe how you can leverage resources created by the NAIGC specifically to help clubs better understand the organization and what the NAIGC offers.
Below is a list of resources created by the NAIGC to help member clubs learn about the NAIGC and its offerings and stay up-to-date on changes to our rules and policies:
The NAIGC Website contains a wealth of information, including our mission, governance structure and bylaws; MAG, WAG, Unified Gymnastics, and T&T rules; the NAIGC meet schedule; and so much more. Take some time to explore the website, accessible at www.naigc.org.
The NAIGC has created numerous skills and competition resources for WAG athletes, MAG athletes, Unified athletes (athletes who any combination of the MAG and/or WAG apparatuses), and Trampoline and Tumbling athletes. You can click the link for each group to access the rules guide and supplementary resources for each discipline. The NAIGC has also curated and created a collection of videos on the NAIGC YouTube page designed to help athletes build their own gymnastic routines and become better acquainted with NAIGC rules.
The first thing that any new club should do is sign up for the NAIGC Announcements listserv. You can sign up for the Announcements listserv by clicking this link. The Announcements listserv is how the NAIGC primarily communicates events, deadlines, and other pertinent news to NAIGC member clubs.
There are several ways that you can get in touch with the NAIGC if you have a question. Here’s a list of who you should contact: